Whiteside Mountain Loop

based on 89 tracks & routes
1.9 mi
Distance
54 min
Time
terrain
499 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a easy and popular loop trail near Highlands, North Carolina. It is within the Nantahala National Forest. The trail forms a loop and may be hiked in either direction. The eastern section runs along the brink of the spectacular Whiteside Mountain, one of the highest vertical cliffs in the east. Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs and may be spotted soaring above. In the fall the alignment of the earth and sun causes the mountain to cast the "Shadow of the Bear" on the forest below, which is only visible in certain weeks in September and October.

Getting Started

From the parking area and information kiosk (US Forest Service fee required) follow the signed loop in either direction. A map is displayed on the information board.

Taking Children

This like is excellent for children , but supervise them closely. The edge of the cliff is fenced with wire barriers, but there are places where a child could pass through with potentially fatal consequences.



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